Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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5 out of 5

Excellent Experience - Would highly recommend NCL!

Sail Date: October 04, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Suite

We had a wonderful time on NCL Getaway.  The staff were extremely helpful, friendly and always smiling.  We were welcomed everywhere we went.  There was one night when I had to stay in my cabin and my family went to eat dinner.  We had extended family with us and there were 8 for dinner.  The 8 members were happy to wait, but the hostess attempted to set them at a table for 6.  Obviously this was not going to work, so the family asked if they could wait for a bigger table.  The hostess's heart was in the right place, just a busy night.  Unfortunately, the service was very slow that particular night, as well as our last night on board.  The food was barely hot and the dessert, a chocolate strawberry volcano, was not hot and the middle was not runny.  We did fill out a survey for this night.  However, these were the only concerns we had the entire vacation.  It amazes me what goes into entertaining and taking care of all of the visitors on a ship like this.  NCL does it, almost, seamlessly! Highly recommend NCL and the Getaway!

Ship Quality
Very Clean, very focused on cleanliness, nice rooms - I would have liked to see larger tv's in the mini suites.
Food and Dining
The only concerns we had were on 2 nights, where the service was slow and the food was not hot, dessert was not cooked properly - otherwise - great.
Service and Staff
Always nice, and seemed to want everyone to have a wonderful time. It was all about the vacationers and it was apparent everyone was catering to the people!
We saw the Illusionariam - wonderful, Legally Blonde, nicely done!
Children's Programs
We have teenagers - they had a wonderful time!
Onboard Activities
Loved the ropes course and water slides, on board
Destinations and Excursions
St Thomas/St John was our favorite port. We took a ferry to Trunks Bay. Absolutely the most beautiful beach we visited the whole vacation - clear water, beach was not crowded, beautiful scenery and the lack of people trying to peddle their wears was wonderful! Did not like St Maarten - we didn't do an excursion, but took a shuttle to the beach. We were dropped off right next to the beach where you could choose to wear clothing or NOT! We had children and young adults, ranging from 12-18 in the car. Not a good experience, when your trying to pay for the shuttle and your daughter is telling you there is someone walking on the beach with no clothing. Why were we dropped off there? (not a reflection of NCL - but the port) - the beach at St Maarten was dirty and we were bugged about purchasing braids, bags, clothing, jewelry, the entire time we were there. I finally told a lady to please go away and leave us alone, we didn't want to be bugged and she told me to go back to the ship! - Nassau was me next least favorite - just a dirty place where people seemed to be bugged by the tourists. The beach we walked to was extremely crowded, full of rocks, beer bottle tops and glass on the beach. Terrible.
Cabin / Stateroom
We loved being in the middle and loved the balcony. We were on the 9th floor, to get 3 cabins in a row. I would have liked to have been a few floors higher, but we will just plan sooner next time. Very clean and updated. I would highly recommend the extra money for a balcony. Loved watching the sun rise and set. Sitting outside with the moon was so nice.
Miami, Florida
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Yuck - I didn't like the beach we visited - I don't like peddlers bothering me, constantly on a vacation
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Absolute favorite of the trip
Nassau, Bahamas
Terrible beach w/in walking distance - glass and bottlecaps on the beach, along with rocks - people seemed bothered by tourists, in the shopping areas


I don't drink soda, so I had to purchase 12 bottles of water for $49 - What a rip off. Next time, I will make sure I carry on a case of water.

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